As a writer, I know that words matter. On Boomerang.com, Claire Axelrad proposes using the word philanthropy rather than the word fundraising when speaking about donations. Axelrad reminds us that Philanthropy literally means “love of humankind.” She encourages us to think of ourselves not as fundraisers but as facilitators of philanthropy, or in other words, people advancing the well-being of our communities. Read the full articleand learn directions for a great Board exercise related to
This article outlines some of the criteria agencies should consider when determining the amount of a grant request. In addition, the authors suggest grant seekers do their homework by accessing a grants database. If you don't have easy access to one, I recommend signing up for a FREE basic account on Guidestar where you will be able to access funders' 990 tax forms filed with the IRS. 990s allow you to view giving patterns including grant
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